Jan 1st 2019 – the “bracing dip”

9.30am Castlehaven Parkrun at Rineen. After nearly nine months nursing an Achilles Tendinopathy (everybody told me it would be a slow recovery – and they were right) I started running again recently. It’s good to meet up with locals & visitors; runners & walkers to enjoy the woods and the hills that make this run unique.

10.30am Drop off the De-fib in Castletownshend (once again offering a silent prayer of thanks that it wasn’t needed for me – or anyone else). Home for a bit of breakfast.

11.30am Check the tyres and cycle the 10km to Glandore. Descend from ReesAcres at just over 300 feet to sea level at Rineen, back up to 300 feet and then down again through Union Hall.

 

1pm The annual immersion in a chilly Glandore Harbour – so good I did it twice. 90+ swimmers and €900 raised for the RNLI. Mulled wine and the bike in the car for the return, home for a hot shower.

 

No better way to start to a New Year.

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